They say humans and their pups tend to be well matched, and this continues to prove true for me and Sir Burpee and our knees and tight muscles.
We had a second opinion from an orthopedic pup surgeon last week who recommends waiting a few months to determine the best surgical route for his “floating kneecaps issue,” which might be a partial ACL tear on the right side.
In the meantime, I am seeking preventative measures for his joints and looking to strengthen his leg muscles— because like humans, knee problems often are exacerbated or caused by weakness in surrounding muscles. So I took him to a doggie chiropractor Wednesday, and the doc ended up diagnosing some of the same issues that my chiropractor has in the past: tight quads and hamstrings that are pulling on the knee in a bad way. More stretching needed, glucosamine supplements for the joints, etc.
They even did some laser therapy to relax and stretch Sir Burpee’s back leg muscles, and that machine looked a whole lot like the ARP therapy machine that my chiropractor used to relieve the knee tightness I battled early last year after all those half marathons.
We are on a regimen of daily glucosamine supplements, an anti-inflammatory eating plan (just like mama!), and nightly stretches (something I need to do more of for myself as well!). We are also going to start strength therapy in the pool next week. Exciting!
Just as all this was going on, I discovered that NOW® has some Arnica products that are right up my alley! I am certainly guilty of not taking enough time to love on my muscles, so these Arnica lotions and gels are perfect.
Arnica is a plant from the sunflower family that has been used for medicinal purposes since the 1500s. Applied to the skin as a cream or ointment, it is used to temporarily soothe muscle aches and pains due to intense exercise or overexertion. It is commonly used to ease pain from minor injuries such as sprains and bruises, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
I teach 12-14 classes a week, train clients, and have signed on to run 672 miles in 2015 as part of a challenge with friends! Eeeesh, my weary muscles!
Well, lucky me, NOW makes these:
- NOW® Solutions Glucosamine MSM & Arnica Liposome Lotion: The product description from Arnica explains this better than I could, so here it is:
Fast-acting lotion specifically formulated to support normal joint function. This unique blend of ingredients helps to nourish joint tissues and provides components your body can use to maintain normal joint structures. Glucosamine supports healthy cartilage formation, while MSM is a source of organic sulfur, an element that is essential to normal connective tissue production. Arnica is well known for its traditional uses. This product’s active ingredients are packaged in Liposomes. Liposomes are very similar to the different layers of the skin barrier and combine well with cell membranes. Due to their mimicking ability, the core ingredients of the liposome can merge more easily with the skin’s natural barrier layers, allowing the active ingredients to penetrate effectively.
- NOW® Solutions Arnica Cooling Relief Gel: This one contains 10% Arnica to work out muscle tension. It penetrates deep into muscles and provides that fast, cool, kind of icy relief. This also contains Mint Oils, Lavender, Chamomile and Vitamin K.
- NOW® Solutions Arnica Warming Relief Massage Oil: This one is meant for sore, achy muscles. You just massage it into any area of the body that needs relief from muscle tension, aches or pains. Apply the oil 2-3 times a day as needed, until the muscle tension is relieved. The base is olive oil, which is awesome!
These won’t work for my little man Sir Burpee, but I am excited about the therapy we have planned for him. He might still need surgery, but the goal is to get him strong so he recovers faster, and maybe even needs a less intense surgery option than what that first doctor prescribed.
In the meantime, after HIS nightly stretch routine, I’ll be adding some Arnica action to my routine!
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